James Van Der Sloot, 82, of Sheldon, Iowa, died on May 5, 2021 at Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. His services were held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, May 10, 2021 at the First Reformed Church in Sheldon, Iowa with Rev. Paul Van Maaren ~ Officiating.
Interment was held at East Lawn Cemetery in Sheldon with military honors under the direction of McGlothlen – Cowie Post # 145 of the Sheldon American Legion.
The visitation took place on Sunday, May 9, 2021 with family present from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Vander Ploeg Funeral Home in Sheldon.
Arrangements are in the care of Vander Ploeg – Sheldon Funeral Home.
Online condolences can be sent to the family at www.vanderploegfunerals.com
James Marvin Van Der Sloot was born April 21, 1939 to Martin and Gertrude Van Der Sloot of Hull, Iowa. James grew up in Hull and Primghar. Graduated from Primghar High School in 1958, he worked for 2 years as a farm worker and assembling steel tubs. In 1961, he enlisted in the Air Force. In 1963 he married his only sweetheart Betty Stofferan at Christ Church in Primghar. While on duty, they were stationed in Michigan and Idaho, where they welcomed Darlene and Brian into their family. Upon graduating in 1966, James attended NITC and graduated in electrical engineering. James worked for IBP, moved and became an electrician at Melvin. In 1974, they welcomed their daughter Dawn. From 1978 until his retirement he worked for Land O ‘Lakes / AGP Sheldon. The family enjoyed camping with family and friends on weekends at Shetek Lake and Okoboji.
James’s love for sports was shown by attending sporting events for his children and grandchildren along with other extracurricular activities. After retiring at 62, he spent his time sitting with his best friend âLilyâ, bird watching, enjoying the outdoors, and keeping up with the news and the weather. He showed his love for God by being an active member of the First Reformed Church.
Those who remain to be cherished in memory are his wife Betty of Sheldon, his daughter Darlene (Dennis) Jurgens of Sibley, IA, his son Brian (Anne) Van Der Sloot of Center Point, IA, his daughter Dawn (Brent) Prescott of Hospers, IA. The grandchildren are Matt (Rachel) Jurgens, Megan (Derek) Ackerman, Ashley Van Der Sloot, Emily Van Der Sloot, Brady Prescott, Morgan Prescott, Haley Prescott, Cassandra Prescott and 5 great grandchildren. 6 siblings, Harold (Sheila) Van Der Sloot from Sibley, IA, Marla Johnson from Hartley, IA., Gerrit (Sally) Van Der Sloot from Primghar, IA., Janice Van Der Sloot from Primghar, IA., Harlan ( Wendy) Van Der Sloot from Flagler Beach, FL., And Gerda (Roger) Grothaus from Primghar, IA. other relatives and many friends.
He was predeceased by his parents Martin and Gertrude.
Blessed by his memory.